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Primeur weekly 2013-05-21

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu receives supercomputer order from Nagoya University ...

The Cloud

Bright Computing named finalist for the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 North America award ...

Fujitsu launches Fujitsu Cloud Initiative to systematize its Cloud products and services ...

HP speeds delivery of IT application services ...

New IBM Center in Beijing to speed Linux applications on Power Systems ...

University of Chicago launches Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud to analyze cancer data ...

EuroFlash

Research assessment should take data sharing into account - workshop report ...

ACE's latest CoSy compiler development system optimizes for extreme architectures ...

Dassault Systèmes acquires SIMPOE ...

Is it raining in Amsterdam? Use Big Data and HPC to analyse Dutch Twitter feeds ...

PRACE 5th Industrial Executive Seminar HPC changing Europe's industrial landscape ...

Places2Be project to boost European leadership around FD-SOI - the faster, cooler, simpler chip technology ...

Durham University cluster boosts study of the stars ...

UCB and IBM collaborate to personalize care for epilepsy patients ...

USFlash

Small particles require big computers ...

GM's new enterprise data centre transforms global IT ...

SDSC assists in generating Clean Tech breakthrough ...

NYSERDA awards $1.8 million to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to boost efficiency of supercomputing centre ...

TurningPoint/EMW selected as DISA GSM ETI prime contract holder ...

XSEDE13 Conference to devote full day to biosciences ...

D-Wave Two Quantum Computer selected for new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Initiative, system to be installed at NASA's Ames Research Center, and operational in Q3 ...

DOST strengthens R&D capabilities with IBM supercomputer - IBM-s Blue Gene to enable improved weather prediction ...

Mines' powerful new supercomputer to focus on energy research ...

NICE: the brain as a model for future supercomputers ...

NJIT computer scientist publishes new algorithm cluster to data mine health records ...

GM's new enterprise data centre transforms global IT

13 May 2013 Warren - General Motors (GM) has unveiled a state-of-the-art $130-million enterprise data centre that will serve as the computing backbone for the automaker's vast global operations. The centre, benchmarked against the best in the world, is the capstone of GM's efforts to transform its IT operations to help the company work smarter and faster from the design studio to the factory to the showroom floor.

Located at its Technical Center in this Detroit suburb, the facility is the first of two Information Technology Operations and Command centres that bring in-house GM's global IT infrastructure and consolidate a network of multiple sites. The two centres will integrate and streamline all aspects of product development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and OnStar applications to speed access to any GM employee anywhere in the world.

"Having a single nerve centre for our global operations will get newer vehicle designs and technologies into our customers' hands quicker and improve the bottom line", stated GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. "IT is back home where it should be, and it further drives unnecessary complexity from our businesses while improving our operational efficiency and better supporting our business strategy."

For example:

  • Crash test simulations enabled by supercomputing generate data that is analyzed and applied in vehicle design and development or refinement of safety technologies, saving $350,000 for each physical crash test avoided.
  • An application that enables Global Product Development teams to make tooling payments to suppliers at key points throughout the development cycle helps suppliers prioritize the timing of critical parts and reduce overall engineering expenses by millions.
  • Chevrolet tracked sales data of last year's Impala in markets where car buyers traded in non-GM models, enabling a jump-start to sales of the new 2014 Impala in markets where it previously underperformed.

The enterprise data centre and a companion data centre at the Milford Proving Ground are part of a previously announced plan to transform GM's global IT footprint from 23 facilities to two by 2015. Construction of the $100 million data center expansion in Milford will begin this summer.

GM IT is leveraging the Warren and Milford data centres to create a secure, private Cloud that allows supercomputer applications, servers and data storage to be efficiently and quickly accessed among multiple users.

"Our data centre consolidation is just one of the initiatives driving the transformation of GM's business", stated Randy Mott, GM vice president and CIO. "It's part of an overarching strategy to transform not only information technology but also allow GM's business operations to be more responsive to our customers, quicker to market and deliver on our objectives to shareholders."

The 5,040-square-foot IT Operations and Command Center has 48 work stations and a 955-square-foot video wall composed of 28 configurable screens that monitor data use across operations around the clock.

The modular design of the facility's "white space", where the technology resides, enables future expansion for handling the increasingly complex computer simulations needed by GM teams working on vehicle design, fuel economy, safety, and quality requirements. A server acquisition and installation process that used to take weeks now takes hours. Data mirroring, redundant feeds and shared storage capability minimize downtime and help ensure information security. The centre's ultra-efficient electrical system has robust back-up generators to provide uninterrupted service.
Source: General Motors

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2013-05-21

Exascale supercomputing

Fujitsu receives supercomputer order from Nagoya University ...

The Cloud

Bright Computing named finalist for the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 North America award ...

Fujitsu launches Fujitsu Cloud Initiative to systematize its Cloud products and services ...

HP speeds delivery of IT application services ...

New IBM Center in Beijing to speed Linux applications on Power Systems ...

University of Chicago launches Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud to analyze cancer data ...

EuroFlash

Research assessment should take data sharing into account - workshop report ...

ACE's latest CoSy compiler development system optimizes for extreme architectures ...

Dassault Systèmes acquires SIMPOE ...

Is it raining in Amsterdam? Use Big Data and HPC to analyse Dutch Twitter feeds ...

PRACE 5th Industrial Executive Seminar HPC changing Europe's industrial landscape ...

Places2Be project to boost European leadership around FD-SOI - the faster, cooler, simpler chip technology ...

Durham University cluster boosts study of the stars ...

UCB and IBM collaborate to personalize care for epilepsy patients ...

USFlash

Small particles require big computers ...

GM's new enterprise data centre transforms global IT ...

SDSC assists in generating Clean Tech breakthrough ...

NYSERDA awards $1.8 million to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to boost efficiency of supercomputing centre ...

TurningPoint/EMW selected as DISA GSM ETI prime contract holder ...

XSEDE13 Conference to devote full day to biosciences ...

D-Wave Two Quantum Computer selected for new Quantum Artificial Intelligence Initiative, system to be installed at NASA's Ames Research Center, and operational in Q3 ...

DOST strengthens R&D capabilities with IBM supercomputer - IBM-s Blue Gene to enable improved weather prediction ...

Mines' powerful new supercomputer to focus on energy research ...

NICE: the brain as a model for future supercomputers ...

NJIT computer scientist publishes new algorithm cluster to data mine health records ...